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Avoiding Distracted Driving

Avoiding Distracted Driving

Summer is almost here! There will be plenty of exciting road trips and day trips, but there will also be more opportunity for one of the most dangerous practices: distracted driving. It can take many forms – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines distracted driving as, “anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.” Take a look at some of the ways distracted driving can impair judgment. Be honest with yourself, are you a distracted driver?


Allstate reports that nearly half of all drivers admit to texting while behind the wheel and is the single biggest contributor to distracted driving. Whether you’re reading or sending a message, texting and driving has a serious impact on driver safety – 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

Eating and Drinking

Ok, you’re in a rush and need to squeeze in a meal while on the road. Efficient? Yes. Safe? Definitely not. The NHTSA estimates that eating and driving increases the likelihood of crashes by 80 percent. Not only does eating and drinking take your attention away from the road, but they also require that you use at least one hand that should be on the wheel.


It may not seem like it, but passengers can be a serious distraction for those in the driver seat. Whether it be involved conversation, the use of electronic devices, or simply being an observer in the passenger seat, there are additional pressures that affect drivers who are traveling with company. If you’re a passenger, help avoid distractions instead of adding to them by providing directions, adjusting music and ventilation, and being aware of your surroundings.


Applying makeup, trimming nails, shaving, changing clothes – all things that should not be done while driving. The goal of saving time often determines decisions that we make, but once again, they should never take priority over safe driving. Grooming distractions can often be avoided by simply planning ahead. Allow more time to get ready before you leave the house, or keep grooming items out of reach while you’re in the car.

You might think that you’re better than most people at multi-tasking, but safe driving demands that your full attention be on the road. Mom was right – better safe than sorry.